Benefits of Hidden Tilt Rods For Your Plantation Shutters in Destin

Eric Ramsey

Before you choose your shutters, you’ll have a few choices to make. Should I choose real wood shutters or faux wood shutters? What louver width should I pick? What color of plantation shutters will fit best with my decor?

One option you may not be aware of is the choice between a normal front-mount tilt rod versus a hidden or rear-mount tilt rod. Let’s look at some advantages and weaknesses of hidden tilt rods, and whether you should use a hidden tilt for your shutters in Destin.

What Are Hidden and Rear-Mounted Tilt Rods?

Most people are aware of classic plantation shutters that use a center tilt rod on the front. When you wish to adjust the plantation shutters to allow more or less light, you simply hold the tilt rod and glide it vertically to slant the louvers.

A rear-mount tilt rod is a slender metal strip attached behind the louver that is hard to see from the front. When you move one louver, every louver tilts as well.

Some shutters have a hidden tilt rod that’s in the side of the treatment to control the louvers. However, these types of hidden tilt rods are more finicky and harder to repair, which is why our shutters use hidden tilt rods as rear-mount only.

Hidden tilt rod shutters on Destin windowsPlantation shutters with hidden tilt rods in Destin 


What Are the Benefits of Rear-Mount and Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mount tilt rods offer a few perks over traditional front-mounted tilt rods.

  1. Modern look - Plantation shutters with hidden tilt rods work with windows that have a modern or contemporary design due to their minimalistic design.

  2. Great with thin or tiny windows - Your thin and tiny windows may get use from hidden tilt rods due to their clean look.

What Are Some Drawbacks of Hidden Tilt Rods?

Hidden or rear-mounted tilt rods aren’t perfect. Here’s a list of some cons to hidden tilt rods.

  1. Shutters with hidden tilt rods might appear too modern for some homeowners - Some homeowners in Destin prefer the classic plantation shutter look and design with the tilt rod in the front. The front tilt rod provides more shape and substance to your shutters, versus shutters with a hidden tilt rod where the design is more streamlined.

  2. Some people find front-facing tilt rods less of a hassle - Front-facing tilt rods can be easier for some homeowners to use. You simply move the tilt rod and tilt the louvers as needed, versus having to move the louvers themselves.

What Homeowners Should Think About Hidden Tilt Rods on Their Shutters?

Hidden Tilt Rod Plantation ShuttersWhat style of tilt rod you pick is often due to your personal taste and your window’s characteristics. When you live in a conventionally designed home, we advise front-mounted tilt rods. When your home is more contemporary, you may consider rear-mounted tilt rods.

Issues like children and pets could also be a concern regarding the rear-mount discussion. We’ve had many people in Destin who run home-based daycares ask for hidden or rear-mount tilt rods so that there’s less chance of a child damaging a front-mounted tilt rod.

Want Help Selecting the Best Shutter For Your Family?

If you’re looking to buy interior shutters in Destin but need some guidance, call us at or fill out the form below to arrange a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, we’ll show you all of your options - including your tilt rod options - so you can try them before you buy.